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post #41 of 178
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Originally Posted by fresh_veggie View Post
Based on all the info you read about going braless helping preventing cancer (and the fact I study life sciences at my university currently) going bra-free really helps me feel positive in that I'm doing something to prevent a disease in another way!! It's a good feeling.
i agree with that...

cancer is soooo prevelent and there are so many factors we are exposed that are out of our hands and going BRAFREE.org is one of those empowering things WE DO have control of!

post #42 of 178
interesting FAQ's!


"But women have worn bras forever...right?


"No. Women have been wearing bras only about 80 years.
Flapper StyleThe bra was invented in the early 1920s, at the beginning of the "flapper" era. Those original bras were designed to flatten breasts, to enhance the tube-like "boy look" the flapper styles demanded"...
post #43 of 178
Are there any women here who have really large breast and still go bra free? I would love to do it, but my breast are soooo large (i'm currently pregnant and am wearing a size DDD nursing bra right now!!) I read a little bit on www.brafree.org that going bra free while having large breasts can actually strengthen your breasts over a period of a few months and make them more "perky", but I feel like there would be no hope for me. I have worn a bra pretty much non-stop since I was 13 years old! (I had went from nothing to a C cup almost overnight) Also, because they sag so much, the only time I feel comfy not wearing a bra is when I sleep. If I'm up and walking around without one...UGH!! Its soooo uncomfortable b/c I hate the way my boobs feel laying against my skin. Did any of you larger breasted women have any of these problems when you went bra free?? How did you overcome it? Thanks!!
post #44 of 178
the last bra i wore was a 38DD. that was 3 years ago and my boobs are bigger now.

the only time the skin rubbing bothers me is when i'm sweaty. when i'm at home, i just tuck my shirt under there. when i'm out... i just deal with it. *shrug*

you won't know if going bra-free will help you or not if you don't try!
post #45 of 178
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Originally Posted by itsrtimedownhere View Post

you won't know if going bra-free will help you or not if you don't try!
True, very true...
post #46 of 178
I find this thread very interesting. I am an A cup and currently wear a B cup that I got when pregnant. I also mostly only wear camis with those shelf bras under my shirts. I've gone bra free a few times, but then I feel a bit self conscious. As it is, when we have guests staying overnight I make sure I wear a looser night shirt since I always go bra free when I have PJ's on.
post #47 of 178

count me

I do not wear a bra either. If you are a nursing mother, I feel your breasts should be within the smell radar of the child, and a bra would prevent that. I did wear on when I went to the grocery store without my baby, with padding, in case I leaked if a baby wailed near me. I have only left her twice to go to the grocery store, other than that I feel my breasts belong with the baby for her use.

post #48 of 178
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Originally Posted by Blueone View Post
I find this thread very interesting. I am an A cup and currently wear a B cup that I got when pregnant. I also mostly only wear camis with those shelf bras under my shirts. I've gone bra free a few times, but then I feel a bit self conscious. As it is, when we have guests staying overnight I make sure I wear a looser night shirt since I always go bra free when I have PJ's on.
I think the self consciousness is a thing you can work on. I know I *think* that people notice that I'm not wearing a bra but in fact I think they don't actually care if I am or not.

You know when you see people and you notice whether they have their hair up or if they have a coat on or if they have a a spot on their chin, we see it and log it in our brain and then move on. Most of the time you don't see something and mull over it all day: our brains are too busy to do that!

In the summer I was braless under t-shirts and really noticed no difference in how people spoke to me. No-one stared at my chest or looked uncomfortable so I guess it really isn't a big deal at all.

Making changes always seems overt to the one making the changes but to others it isn't so much of a big deal. Breastfeeding whilst out and about seems a big deal the first time then you get used to doing it, disregard other people's so-called objections and life carries on.

I feel more self-conscious wearing lipstick and heels than I do going bra-less!!
post #49 of 178
I'm bra free!

I do wear a tank, sometimes a very loose shelf tank.
I used to panic over not having a bra on...but as an abuse victim I think this might have been a reasonable panic for my life circumstance

I even sent links to my mother-in-law about bra-free breast health. She replied back saying that she is slowly trying to make the shift and never wears one at home! Horray.

So much healthier for you, and feels so so much better.
post #50 of 178
I'm bra free! I never knew there were health risk to wearing bras, I just always hated wearing a bra and so one day I said, "screw it" and went without. When I first went bra free my nipples would be sore from my tee-shirt rubbing against them, so I just started putting bandaids or medical tape over my nipples. My hubby thinks not wearing a bra will make my boobs saggy, and honestly, I have no idea if that's true or not, but I just hate wearing bras. I've spent $50-100 on bras trying to find ones that wear comfortable and they never were after an hour or two. I wear a sports bra when I exercise but as soon as I'm done, off it goes! LOL
post #51 of 178
Thread Starter 
kelsey1, not wearing a bra will not make your breasts saggy! Since I stopped 2 years ago my breasts have actually firmed up (DP noticed this before I did ). There's more info about the physiology involved on brafree.org.
So cool to see this thread grow!
post #52 of 178
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Originally Posted by orangefoot View Post
I feel more self-conscious wearing lipstick and heels than I do going bra-less!!
me too! i don't think twice about not wearing a bra but make-up? i feel like EVERYONE is staring at me.
post #53 of 178

Tribal Women; Camisoles

this is definitely something i'm interested in. However, my nursing breasts are so sensitive(and milky), and i have huge ones that touch my abdominal skin and get all sweaty, so i'm a little cautious.

A few Qs:

1.Ok, so going bra-free doesn't make them sag, and might actually make them perkier, right? so whats the deal with those women on nat'l geo? i mean, their breasts are so long they go to their waist, or naval or something. that freaks me out. why do they look like that? and does that mean, since we want a ton of kids that that is going to be my fate?

2. bra pads. i NEED to wear them. ever since i got pregnant with DS they have been sensitive to the point of pain if anything brushes up against them. iI would NEED to wear a cami with a shelf bra, at least for a while until(and if) my breasts ever get happy with that scenario. so, where do you get cami's in the winter?

3. what size cami? i have DDs that are full of milk. i can't seem to find anything(cami or bra) that my breasts don't fall out from the top(or side, in the case of a bra) of! i'm kinda plus sized if that matters, i wear a L or XL usually, but that size in camis allows my breasts to fall out.
post #54 of 178
as far as the Nat'l Geographic women, in many of those cultures moms will actually pull on and roll their teen daughter's breasts, b/c if they look like they've nursed a few babes already, it makes them more desirable as mates.

IRL, you never know what's going to mke them saggy. Mine are saggy genetically.


At home I'm almost always bra free. Out and about- wintertime, many times, a long sweater covers up even my 36I's.

Summertime, I can't. It's soooo uncomfortable to have them rubbing my belly all the time. And I get skin issues underneath if it isn't kept dry under there.
post #55 of 178
I've been bra free for about 3 yrs now. I'm typically a size 34/36B. I feel this was just a natural step in the progression my life has taken...I pay much less attention to my outward appearance than I did 15 yrs ago, and try to be healthier from the INSIDE out! My only problem with going bra free is (ahem) keeping my husband from bugging me all the time I guess he feels like I'm leaving the girls loose for him..... NOT!
post #56 of 178
Can we talk about not wearing a bra right after a new baby? I never really wore a bra except for the first months of my baby's life. It was the only way I could find to use nursing pads so that I didn't leak through my shirt. The bras were uncomfortable, though. I would love a solution that didn't involve wearing a bra for when I have the new baby in several months.
post #57 of 178
Thread Starter 
AmatullahO, I have never nursed before so can't really help with that, but as for finding camisoles, I would look in the underwear/pajama sections of pretty much any store, or try thrift stores as their selection is not so seasonal. Also, would a sports bra/soft bra with no underwire work to hold nipple pads in place?
I am also interested to hear what people say about nursing brafree for future reference! I am 36 D so mine will probably swell up pretty considerably too when the time comes...
post #58 of 178
Many nursing camisoles are made to hold nursing pads in place.
post #59 of 178
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Originally Posted by Amatullah0 View Post
3. what size cami? i have DDs that are full of milk. i can't seem to find anything(cami or bra) that my breasts don't fall out from the top(or side, in the case of a bra) of! i'm kinda plus sized if that matters, i wear a L or XL usually, but that size in camis allows my breasts to fall out.
i'm a milkie DD too. i had one shirt that had a shelf bra in it that i would spill out of every time i bent over. it was so frustrating. i cut the bra out and haven't had a problem since. (that shirt also gave me a plugged duct! )
post #60 of 178
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Originally Posted by heidirk View Post
as far as the Nat'l Geographic women, in many of those cultures moms will actually pull on and roll their teen daughter's breasts, b/c if they look like they've nursed a few babes already, it makes them more desirable as mates.
wow, this is really interesting.

can you imagine that happening to you though? haha the though of my mom pulling on my boobs really weirds me out.
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